First database on the Imjin War launched

Image: ICREA researcher at the UAB Rebekah Clements has coordinated the launch of the initially on the internet databases of the Imjin War, the biggest war fought in the sixteenth century. This useful resource…
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The biggest war in the globe through the sixteenth century took area in Asia in 1592, when Japan invaded the Korean peninsula and China sent troops to help its faithful vassal condition. The war lasted 6 years and included additional than five hundred,000 combatants. The conflict carries on to have a cultural effect in the course of East Asia currently, but there is comparatively tiny Western scholarship penned about this celebration. There is nonetheless a good total of substance in Korean, Japanese and Chinese, as very well as some main resources in European languages, which altogether help to fully grasp the aftermath of the war from a regional standpoint.

Rebekah Clements, ICREA researcher at the Department of Translation and Decoding and East Asian Experiments at the UAB, has been in charge of coordinating the launch of the initially significant bibliographic databases on the Imjin War, with documents compiled in unique languages from equally Asian and European secondary resources. The challenge, entitled AFTERMATH, has acquired funding from the European Analysis Council, and consists of information on about four hundred journal articles, textbooks, e-book chapters, and dissertations penned in nine languages: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese, all in an on the internet bibliographic databases which aims to help in knowledge the aftermath of this East Asian war.

“Our aim is to help scholars search for documents in unique languages and enable foreseeable future collaborations among scholars of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Western backgrounds”, Rebekah Clements states. “Our objective is not so substantially the research of the conflict itself, but of the implications and impacts it has had on the modern-day historical past of East Asia”.

The databases handles a broad variety of elements of the Imjin War, these types of as information on prisoners, pottery made through that time period, Christianity, worldwide relations, economics, the surroundings, Europe, identities, literature, military services historical past, migrations, social historical past and trade. It allows analysing the human component of war, presented that tens of thousands of Koreans were captured and bought to Japan as slaves, and numerous Japanese troopers fell into the hands of the Chinese military and never ever returned to their nation of origin. The challenge examines the trajectory of these persons and how they were integrated into their new societies.

The war also prompted common financial and environmental devastation in Korea, with significant extensions of crop fields wrecked. The databases gives information for the examination of the implications on farming, on the wellness of persons and livestock, and the effects this had on the later on slide of China’s Ming dynasty. And finally, the databases favours the examination of other collateral elements of the war, because the conflict helped to disseminate East Asian technological know-how and techniques among the international locations battling in opposition to every other, in conditions of weapons utilized, processes these types of as printing, pottery and metallurgy, and even references to the research of Confucianism.

The challenge Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598 has acquired funding from the European Analysis Council (ERC) below the European Union’s Horizon 2020 investigation and innovation programme (grant agreement No 758347).


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